The Antigo School Board will meet next week to discuss future plans after their referendum was resoundingly defeated in Tuesday’s election.
The district was asking for money to construct a new elementary school. That school would have consolidated some of their schools. It would have cost more than $24 million dollars.
The Antigo Unified School District is currently made up of 7 elementary schools. Because of the defeat, another consolidation will likely begin. It would close 4 elementary schools, shift 4-5 graders to middle school and 8th graders to high school.
Their district newsletter said the new school would have saved $1.3 million in annual operational savings including reductions in administrative, teaching, support staff, transportation, maintenance, and utilities.
Voters were also asked to exceed their revenue limit in a second question.
The referendum was defeated by a 3-1 margin.